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No more eggs that have to be peeled chip by tiny chip. This is the Damsel’s wish for you. Obey her instructions, and everything will be as it should be.

1. Choose eggs that aren’t super fresh. If you didn’t take your eggs from under a chicken, you’re probably good, considering shipping and whatnot for the modern supermarket.

2. Set eggs carefully in a pot and cover with COLD water.

3. Heat until water boils.

4. Cover pot and remove from heat.

5. Let the eggs stand in the hot water, covered, for 18 minutes. Let us be clear that the pot is no longer on a hot burner.

6. Run cool water over the eggs. You can ice them if you like. DONE! Time to start coloring!

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  • I finally figured this out THIS year. We’ve dyed the eggs, but haven’t peeled them yet. I hope it really works.
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  • Thanks for the tips! This happens to be how I do eggs, so that’s comforting! We always get good ones doing them this way. I didn’t know it was best to have older eggs, though.
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  • bridget

    And if you are getting them straight from under the chicken? Any suggestions? The fresh ones are very hard to peel

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  • Drat, I should’ve read this post before I boiled 2 doz eggs this afternoon!

    🙂

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  • Oh, now you tell me. Just kidding. I already knew this except for taking the pot off the burner. They still peeled rather nicely, after my son tossed them around a bit (apparently ‘put the egg down’ means ‘throw it down’ in toddler language).

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  • Cool! Thanks! I’m going to do this tomorrow when we decorate eggs!
    My eggs always crack when I boil them so i can see how this would be better!
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  • Seanette

    I’ve got to try this one. Last time I did hard-boiled eggs (I like them as snacks), by the time I’d get the shell off one, it looked like a golf ball.

  • Ah, so that’s how you do it. This is good to know.

  • This is how we do ours, except I didn’t know we should only leave them 18 minutes. We sortof tend to forget about them entirely for a lot longer than 18 min. This could explain a lot. Thanks Damsel!

  • oh this is AWESOME! My hubby will be so thrilled because he always gripes about my egg job.

  • Bill

    Perfect!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for dropping by, Bill!

  • Karrah Merkley

    I tried this and my eggs turned out soft. One broke while we were dying them and the yolk was still completely liquid :/

    • thedamselindisdress

      Really sorry it didn’t work out, Karrah. Be sure to start with cold water, bring to a nice rolling boil, then remove from heat, cover, and let stand 18 minutes. They should be cooked all the way through. Another thing I’ve heard is that once the 18 minutes are up, drain the water, shake the eggs hard in the pan so they all crack, then pour in ice water. This is supposed to make the egg shrink from the shell, making it even easier to peel. Don’t do this, though, if you’re going to color the eggs.

      • Karrah Merkley

        I forgot to cover it 😳

  • Kimberly Miller VanderHorst

    Did this today and they turned out BEAUTIFULLY. 😀